Obit BLUM Alfred

Chicago (IL) Tribune, 12 April 2005, Section 3, Page 11.

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good jeweler and he just kept working at,” said his daughter. “He was very kind to every customer, customer, and he never advertised in a newspaper. It was all word of mouth.” Mr. Blum pleased his clients with creative timepieces. When the Chicago Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup in 1961, Mr. Blum was commissioned to create create watches for the players. Another customer, the owner of a pickle company, came to Mr. Blum requesting pickle-shaped cufflinks to give to clients as Christmas presents. Mr. Blum used a pickle to create a series of molds, finally perfecting the shape of the gold cufflinks. Mr. Blum’s watch-making skills were praised in Chicago- area and national publications. A 1968 Chicago magazine article By Jennifer Lebovich Tribune staff reporter Alfred Blum took great pride in the details of every watch he made and sold from his Chicago store. He and his wife, Reni, came to the city in 1938 with only $4, but he quickly began saving to open a jewelry store like the one his father had in Germany. Mr. Blum repaired jewelry and made cufflinks in his Hyde Park bedroom to make extra money. Within two years, he had opened a jewelry store in the Pittsfield Building on Washington Washington Street. His intricate craftsmanship, craftsmanship, honesty and inviting personality kept customers coming to the store for the 50 years it was open. Mr. Blum, 95, of Northbrook, owner of Alfred Blum Jeweler, died of heart failure Sunday, April 10, in Palliative CareCen- ter & Hospice of the North Shore in Skokie. “My Dad died with his family around him, which is what he always treasured, his family,” said his daughter, Susan Susan Pestine. Mr. Blum and his wife of 67 years fled Nazi Germany before World War II. He used the watch-making skills he learned in his hometown of Dusseldorf to build a successful Chicago business. He perfected his father’s father’s craft at a trade school in Frankfurt, Germany. “My father desired to be a called Mr. Blum “a watchmaker par excellence.” Mr. Blum created jewelry for generations of families, making wedding rings for parents and later for their children. “He was an honest man,” his daughter said. “If a watch couldn’t be repaired, then he would tell the person it’s not worth it. He gave his customers good service.” When he retired, at the age of 80, former customers would take Mr. Blumwith them to other other jewelers to ensure he approved approved of the product. In 2000, Jewish Vocational Services honored Mr. Blum for his outstanding service as a volunteer. volunteer. Mr. Blum enjoyed spending time with his familyand gathering gathering his children and grandchildren grandchildren for yearly fishing trips to Wisconsin, hoping to catch Northern Pike. “Grandma and grandpa’s greatest pride is that they created created this great family out of the darkness and the horror of the Holocaust,” said his granddaughter, granddaughter, Beckie Nolan. “Both of them lost extensive family members so it’s such a triumph to create a big family and to do so much for the community.” In addition to his wife, other survivors include a son, Ronald; and four other grandchildren. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday in The Piser Chapel, 9200 N. Skokie Blvd., Skokie. ALFRED BLUM, 95 50-year owner of Loop jewelry store Alfred Blum

Clipped from Chicago Tribune12 Apr 2005, TueMain EditionPage 3-11

Chicago Tribune (Chicago, Illinois)12 Apr 2005, TueMain EditionPage 3-11
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